Mission Statement

PQIA’s mission is to serve the consumer of lubricants by testing and reporting on the quality and integrity of lubricants in the marketplace. 

It is expected that this improved visibility of quality will lead to wider conformance by lubricant manufacturers to specification and performance claims.

Featured Story

Buying Motor Oil Online

While this is a very efficient and easy way to shop, the Petroleum Quality Institute of America advises consumers to take the time to look for the specifications the product meets when buying motor oil online. If not shown on the first screen, click or scroll for more details before adding motor oil to your cart.

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Recent News

State Dept. of Agriculture and Rural Development Issues Consumer Advisory for all REV 360 Motor Oil and Transmission Fluid

the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) issued a Stop-Use and Stop-Removal Order for motor oil and transmission fluid manufactured, packaged, and/or distributed by Orion Lubricants of Worth, IL under the brand REV 360 after finding the products did not comply with the Michigan Weights and Measures Act, 1964 Public Act 283. The

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Motor Oils Are Not All The Same

It’s not unusual to hear someone say, “Motor oil is motor oil, they are all the same.” Although this is far from true, it’s not hard to understand why some might think so. As with many consumer products, the differences between products are often determined by using the senses. In the case of food, for

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Results in on Lucas, CITGO, and Sunoco

The results of the tests conducted on the samples meet the SAE J300 specifications for the SAE Viscosity Grade listed on the product label, and are consistent with the listed API Service Categories. Lucas High Mileage  SAE 5W-30, API SP/ILSAC GF-6 CITGO Supergard SAE 10W-30, API SN/ILSAC GF-5 Sunoco Ultra High Mileage SAE 10W-30, API SP/ILSAC

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Test Results: Road-Tech, StarFire, and Vantage

Samples of the following three brands of motor oils were recently examined by PQIA. Click bottles for detailed assessments.  Road-Tech Synthetic Blend SAE 5W-30 API SP/ILSAC GF-6A Star Fire SAE 5W-30  API SP/ILSAC GF-6A Vantage Synthetic Blend SAE 10W-30 API SP/ILSAC GF-6

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PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/PASSENGER CAR MOTOR OIL Passenger car motor oil is the lifeblood of your engine. In addition to lubricating moving

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PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY/AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION FLUID Automatic Transmission Fluids are carefully balanced to lubricate and protect your transmission while providing smooth and

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PETROLEUM QUALITY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA SAMPLE SUMMARY FOR ANTIFREEZE & COOLANT Antifreeze/coolant is critical for protecting engines. The primary function of the fluid is keep

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